10 Clever Ways to Add Warmth to An Industrial-Style Home

Barbulianno Design
4 min readMar 18, 2020

Main characteristics of an Industrial style are raw exposed materials such as wooden beams, brick walls, metal pipes. or concrete floors. Due to raw materials, tall ceilings and the open concept it comes across as a cold space.

10 Clever Ways to Warm up the Industrial-Style Home like a pro:

1. Scaling

Having a large open concept space can be hard to figure out where to start and how to place the furniture right. To save you from making a mistake, the most important thing you need to be thinking about is scaling. What works well in an open concept industrial space is large scale sofas, cabinets, tall shelves, big wall art, oversized light fixtures, floor to ceiling curtains to celebrate the high ceilings. Anything smaller would simply get lost in the space and make it feel cold and lifeless.

industrial style loft with dark walls
Image DelightFULL via Pinterest

2. Divide the space into sections

Another really important thing is to separate different areas with traffic flow in mind. The best way to that is to measure and make selections with tape so you can get the exact idea of how much space you have left. Separate different rooms by adding an area rug. To make it even cosier and warm layer rugs with different textures.

bright industrial style apartment with high ceilings
Image Liz

3. Add texture

The Industrial design style is the most forgiving when it comes to experimenting with different textures. It’s like having a blank page and freedom to draw anything you wish. This is a time to add a character with things like natural wood, knits, velvet (to learn more in details, check out the article — 17 Tips to Make your Home feel Cosy and Inviting on a Budget).

industrial style apartment with large windows and high ceilings
Image Anna Kovachelko

4. Decorate with plants

Adding lots of greenery will instantly make space feel fresh and cosy. I talked about how to choose the rights plants and how to keep them alive even if you travel a lot in the previous article — Indoor Vertical Garden — What You Need to Know.

modern loft with big windows and high ceiling
Image Decor8

5. Choose softer light

Extremely important to get suitable lighting with a character. Placing large unique ceiling pendants and table lamps with soft light will absolutely make space feel like someone actually lives there.

soft light ceiling in loft apartment
Image Studio V Interiors

6. Add some colour

Don’t be shy to add splashes of warm colours like red, yellow, or pink. Each colour has psychology behind it and you should take some time and research before picking the right one for you. To learn more about the colours check out the post — Does The Colour of your Walls affect Your Mood?.

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7. Get an oversized Artwork

It tells a story and balances the scale of the whole space. It can also help separate the room into different sections.

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8. Floor to ceiling curtains

Having tall ceilings can be intimidating to balance with the whole design in the space. To make it pop even more you should hang the curtains closer to the ceiling instead of just above the windows. I would suggest getting see-through fabrics to allow daylight to warm-up space.

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9. Make it personal

Add your favourite decorative pieces like books, family photographs, or unique pottery to make it feel like your home, rather than a house.

Loft style apartment with bright kitchen
Image Style Curator

10. Consider natural and Eco-friendly materials

Materials like wood, cork, organic wool, recycled coloured glass, organic cotton will make the space feel warm and kind to the Planet Earth. Take a look at my absolute favourite picks when it comes to Eco-friendly home decor.

To summarise — the best way to warm up the industrial style home is adding pieces that make you feel cosy and like a place you want to spend the time in. As Bob Ross once said, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”. Feel free to explore and make your own “creative accidents”. At the end of the day, it can only make your space feel more special.

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